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Parliament Passes Personal Data Protection Bill

PRIVACY LAW—SINGAPORE

October 16, 2012

The Singapore Parliament has passed a personal data protection bill aimed at protecting information in the private sector, ZDNet reports. The bill includes a Do-Not-Call registry and the creation of a new enforcement agency—the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC)—to regulate private-sector use of personal data. Slated to become official in January, the act will require individuals be informed of and provide consent to the processing of their data by private organizations, and individuals may seek compensation through private rights of action, the report states. The PDPC may fine noncompliant organizations up to S$1 million.
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